The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Birmingham (YNPN Birmingham) was founded in 2013, the work of a small group of area young professionals dedicated to supporting and improving Birmingham’s nonprofit community.  

YNPN Birmingham was established out of the knowledge that a number of young professionals are fulfilling leadership roles in the social sector at a substantial rate, and there is a lack of opportunities for young nonprofit professionals in Birmingham to receive like-minded collaboration, interaction and support. Through trainings and social gatherings, young professionals can share best practices, discuss issues that impact the nonprofit sector and make impactful connections with one another. 

Our Work

YNPN Birmingham serves as a unified voice for emerging professionals to ensure our work and perspectives are shared in areas that impact Birmingham’s nonprofit sector. We build our community by connecting our members to…

  • A Network of emerging professionals and established professionals
  • Career management skill training and development
  • Best Practices for nonprofit management
  • Current topics, trends and issues in the nonprofit sector
  • Leadership development opportunities 

What impact do we seek to make?

YNPN chapters around the country are building stronger young leaders through programming, education, and networking that provides a career pathway for nonprofit professionals. Through our national network, YNPN works to advocate for a sector that is more sustainable and effective in its talent recruitment, retention and development practices. YNPN is building a network of leaders around the country who can design, advocate for and lead this more sustainable and effective nonprofit sector. 

History of YNPN National

The YNPN movement began in San Francisco in 1997. As interest spread around the country, the National organization was formed and chapters began to form rapidly around the country. To better serve this growing national network and provide infrastructure for local chapters across the country, YNPN National incorporated as an independent, national 501(c)3 nonprofit in 2004. YNPN National provides support and resources for local YNPN networks through leadership development, networking, and advocacy activities. YNPN is a grassroots, chapter-based organization with a presence in many small, mid-sized, and large cities around the country. Each local chapter determines its local programming priorities, but nationally we work together to improve the nonprofit sector.


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